My students need alphabet manipulatives, like magnetic letters, lace-a-word, ink pads and stamps, plus an alphabet theme book library, to explore and create words during independent practice and workstations.
This project expired on February 21, 2012.
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Can you remember how you learned the alphabet? Who taught you the names and shapes of letters? The ability to recognize that words are composed by letters that represent sounds correlates with a studentÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs future ability to effectively identify words, or read.
My class is one of eight kindergarten classrooms at a charter school in southeast Texas.
My students are beginning to memorize and internalize our mission statement: to become confident, intelligent, college-going and culturally aware TRAILBLAZERS. Every day, my students are encouraged to exhibit and live out our school values of PERSIST, ACHIEVE, TEAM, and HONOR. They have classes in not only math and reading, but also science lab, Spanish and cultural arts.
My kindergarten students came to me from varied backgrounds. Some are familiar with the alphabet and can name off 40+ letters in less than a minute. Others struggle with naming and writing the first letter in their name. Of course the former thrives in the classroom while the latter simply needs more practice and differentiated instruction before mastering the alphabetic principle.
The manipulatives and tools requested in this project will allow me to implement a great number of alphabet activities in small groups and workstations. Materials such as the letter lacing set and tactile letters will appeal to my kinesthetic learners while developing their fine motor skills. I purposefully requested items such as the magnetic letters set and alphabet sorting kit because they can be used in a many different ways, not just one cute activity. With those letters, students will be able to make vocabulary words on magnetic cookie sheets or sort friends by the vowels in their names.
Students who acquire and apply the alphabetic principle early in their reading careers reap long-term benefits (Stanovich, 1986).
Knowing this, my students are invested in blasting off their ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂreading rocketÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ to first grade. Your generous donation helps pave the way for our first steps in this journey by enriching our alphabetic instruction with fun and engaging materials. Thank you for helping us move closer to our big goal of achieving 5 levels of growth by the end of the year.
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